mathematica


Interactive Exhibit
New York Hall of Science

In 1961, Ray and Charles Eames were commissioned by IBM to design this exhibit for the California Museum of Science and Industry. When the New York Hall of Science obtained it in 2004, much of its electronics and electromechanics were nearly obsolete. We were integral in installing updates to this beloved exhibition. Because there are very few exhibits that celebrate and edify mathematics, we were honored to work on this classic exhibit and make a contribution to this field in the public realm.

Multiplication Cube
Within the exhibit sits a glimmering interactive one-meter cube, made up of 512 lights. Using a control for each axis, visitors are invited to literally grasp the dynamic power of addition, multiplication and volume. Though simple in concept, the electrical requirements are complex for lighting the bulbs in a myriad of patterns, and after so many years the interactive had fallen into disrepair. We expertly replaced the old transistor boards and main controller with a modern, custom-built microprocessing motherboard.

Math History Wall
The original exhibit featured a timeline of important mathematical advancements up to 1950 that needed to be brought up-to-date. We designed the addition to blend in seamlessly with the original wall, except an electronic addition was needed to accommodate the exponential increase in mathematicians making important contributions in the past 50 years. The new addition featured content on plasma screens accessible by a rollerball interface. We worked closely with Robert Stein, a California State University, San Bernardino professor of mathematics and math history, to help decide who and what to include.

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